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Automating the Modern Datacenter with Terraform and Consul

by Daniel Bryant on  May 10, 2015

At CraftConf 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto argued that current provisioning and configuration tooling is not adequate for orchestrating the ‘modern datacenter’. The modern datacenter is agile and elastic, and ‘services’ may be spread across potentially disparate vendor platforms. Hashimoto introduced Terraform and Consul, which may be used to provide automation in these challenging environments

Slick 3: Reactive Streams for Asynchronous Database Access in Scala

by Mirko Stocker on  May 09, 2015 4

Slick, Typesafe's database query and access library for Scala, now supports the Reactive Streams API in the just released version 3.0. This enables developers to query their databases asynchronously and non-blocking. InfoQ talked to Slich Tech-Lead Stefan Zeiger to learn more about the new features and what they've planned for the future.

Docker Security Benchmark

by Chris Swan on  May 08, 2015

Docker Inc have worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to produce a benchmark document containing numerous recommendations for the security of Docker deployments. The benchmark was announced in a blog post ‘Understanding Docker Security and Best Practices’ by Diogo Mónica who was recently hired along with Nathan McCauley to lead the Docker Security team.

Glenn Tamkin on Applying Apache Hadoop to NASA's Big Climate Data

by Srini Penchikala on  May 06, 2015

NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is using Apache Hadoop for high-performance data analytics. Glenn Tamkin from NASA team, recently spoke at ApacheCon Conference and shared the details of the platform they built for climate data analysis with Hadoop.

Systemd Debuts in New Debian 8 “Jessie”

by Sergio De Simone on  May 06, 2015

The Debian project has announced the new stable version of its operating system, codenamed “Jessie.” The new OS marks the shift to systemd, which replaces the previously used SystemV, and many more improvements.

Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

CoreOS Launches Monitored Google-Style Infrastructure

by Guillermo Beltri on  May 01, 2015 2

CoreOS has released Tectonic, a new product created from the aggregation of the CoreOS stack and the Google Kubernetes platform. Tectonic packages up different container technology and puts an UI on top of containers which includes a management console, an integrated registry and other tools to automate deployment.

Fabian Hueske on Apache Flink Framework

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 28, 2015

Apache Flink is a distributed data flow processing system for performing analytics on large data sets. It can be used for real time data streams as well as batch data processing. It supports APIs in Java and Scala programming languages. Fabian Hueske, PMC member of Apache Flink, spoke about the data processing framework at the recent ApacheCon Conference.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Supports Remote Sessions, DSC and Workflows

by João Miranda on  Apr 27, 2015

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension that brings the power of Visual Studio to PowerShell developers. Adam Driscoll, the original creator of this extension, got help from Microsoft over the past couple of months. The result is a new release, v3.0.108, offering 64-bit and remote session support, among other improvements.

Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Creating and Maintaining an Effective Coding Culture with Sven Peters

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

Sven Peters presented a guide to creating and maintaining an effective ‘coding culture’ at Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest. Recommendations included, defining and regularly retrospecting on organisational and team values, giving people time to innovate, celebrating success, enabling transparent communications and actions, and ensuring the needs of the customer are constantly in focus.

Mary Poppendieck Discusses Containers, Microservices and Contract Tests

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest, Mary Poppendieck discussed the ‘new software development game’ and offered advice on how best to utilise containers, microservices and consumer-based contract tests to lower friction and limit risk within software systems.

Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal to Support Open Data Platform in Their Big Data Solutions

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 24, 2015

Big data vendors Hortonworks, IBM, and Pivotal recently announced that their Hadoop based platform products will use the common Open Data Platform (ODP). They made the announcement at the recent HadoopSummit Europe Conference of the open platform which includes Apache Hadoop 2.6 (HDFS, YARN, and MapReduce) and Apache Ambari software.

Chip Childers on Modern Application Architecture and Cloud Native Application Platform

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 23, 2015

Programming frameworks, containers, and application platforms are some of the components that make up the modern application architecture. Chip Childers of Cloud Foundry Foundation spoke at ApacheCon Conference last week about modern application architecture and the cloud native application platform.

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

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